Thousands of MPS students return to class with face masks – WISN Milwaukee

Thousands of Milwaukee Public Schools students on Monday made their way back to the classroom for their first day of school.Forty-two MPS schools follow an early start calendar, including all high schools, middle schools, K-through-12 schools and seven elementary schools.”I’m nervous, just a little bit but I’m also excited,” Milwaukee High School of the Arts junior Lily Edmond said. Staff, local elected officials and song welcomed students back on their first day of the new school year with a pep rally.”The first day can be very draining and hard and you don’t want summer to be over so a pep rally in the sense and all this motivation will give us the uplifting sprit is that we actually need,” Milwaukee High School of the Arts junior Collin Carter said. After spending the past two years of her high school career in and out of virtual learning, she’s happy to be starting the year in the classroom, even with masks being required again. “Singing on computers is not it. I think we are just really excited to be back again even with masks,” Edmond said.Milwaukee Public Schools determined that all staff and students on the early start calendar are required to use a face mask until Aug. 18.This is because of the current high community spread of COVID-19 in Milwaukee.”Just being in the same room making music together. At the same time, not having to put things together virtually or digitally. It’s just a whole different feel,” said Raymond Roberts, a choir teacher at Milwaukee High School of the Arts.The masks won’t be a permanent measure.New COVID-19 data comes out Thursday. MPS will re-evaluate based on the community transmission. Masks will be made optional when those levels drop to a low or medium category. Schools that follow the traditional calendar will start school in three weeks, on Sept. 6.

Thousands of Milwaukee Public Schools students on Monday made their way back to the classroom for their first day of school.

Forty-two MPS schools follow an early start calendar, including all high schools, middle schools, K-through-12 schools and seven elementary schools.

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“I’m nervous, just a little bit but I’m also excited,” Milwaukee High School of the Arts junior Lily Edmond said.

Staff, local elected officials and song welcomed students back on their first day of the new school year with a pep rally.

“The first day can be very draining and hard and you don’t want summer to be over so a pep rally in the sense and all this motivation will give us the uplifting sprit is that we actually need,” Milwaukee High School of the Arts junior Collin Carter said.

After spending the past two years of her high school career in and out of virtual learning, she’s happy to be starting the year in the classroom, even with masks being required again.

“Singing on computers is not it. I think we are just really excited to be back again even with masks,” Edmond said.

Milwaukee Public Schools determined that all staff and students on the early start calendar are required to use a face mask until Aug. 18.

This is because of the current high community spread of COVID-19 in Milwaukee.

“Just being in the same room making music together. At the same time, not having to put things together virtually or digitally. It’s just a whole different feel,” said Raymond Roberts, a choir teacher at Milwaukee High School of the Arts.

The masks won’t be a permanent measure.

New COVID-19 data comes out Thursday. MPS will re-evaluate based on the community transmission. Masks will be made optional when those levels drop to a low or medium category.

Schools that follow the traditional calendar will start school in three weeks, on Sept. 6.

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